Who Can Benefit from a Gluten-Free Diet?

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We're really learning more and more each day about who can benefit from a gluten-free diet. We've known that people with the disease called Celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease of the intestines and the rest of your body have to be on a gluten-free diet because if they eat gluten it really causes damage to their intestines, they can lead to cancer on some cases.

So for those people it's critical, but what's emerging in the research is that there is a new area of people that have something called Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity that may also benefit from a gluten-free diet. So what I recommend to my patients is if you have any sort of digestive problems that flare on a regular basis, or if you have any sort of autoimmune disease like thyroid disease Hashimoto's, any sort of autoimmune arthritis or anything of that sort.

You might try a gluten-free diet for two weeks, and if you notice the benefit then stick with it. But from the majority of people a gluten-free diet just in many cases means they're eating less of the refined processed foods so it can be a healthier diet. But I have found more and more patients who report really very quickly feeling better on a gluten-free diet, so if you're one of those stick with it, just make sure to eat a balanced diet with all the major food groups to really have optimal health.